Man search­ing for miss­ing stu­dents killed

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The leader of a group search­ing for 43 miss­ing stu­dents in Mexico has been killed near the re­sort town of Aca­pulco, author­i­ties said.

The body of Miguel An­gel Jimenez was found Satur­day night be­hind the wheel of his taxi on a high­way con­nect­ing Aca­pulco to Mexico City, author­i­ties in the south­ern state of Guer­rero said Sun­day.

Jimenez had in 2013 started a self-de­fense group to fight back against drug car­tel vi­o­lence, and he led a civil­ian group that was try­ing to find the 43 stu­dents who went miss­ing in Septem­ber 2014.

Author­i­ties say po­lice ab­ducted cor­rupt lo­cal the stu­dents and handed them over to a drug gang, which slaugh­tered them and burned their bod­ies.

Jimenez had par­tic­i­pated along­side fam­i­lies scour­ing the re­gion for signs of their loved ones. He alerted author­i­ties to dozens of graves of other vic­tims of drug vi­o­lence.

So far, only the re­mains of one stu­dent have been found.

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